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Maria Chapdelaine (1934)

A young woman living with her family on the frontier in Quebec, Canada, endures the hardships of isolation and climate, and chooses between three suitors: a trapper, a farmer, and an ... See full summary »

Director:

Julien Duvivier

Writers:

Louis Hémon (novel), Julien Duvivier (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeleine Renaud ... Maria Chapdelaine (as Madeleine Renaud Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Suzanne Desprès ... Laura Chapdelaine
Gaby Triquet Gaby Triquet ... Alma-Rose Chapdelaine
Maximilienne Maximilienne ... Azelma Larouche (as Maximilienne Max)
Jean Gabin ... François Paradis
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Lorenzo Surprenant
André Bacqué André Bacqué ... Samuel Chapdelaine (as André Bacqué Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Alexandre Rignault ... Eutrope Gagnon
Daniel Mendaille ... Le curé
Robert Le Vigan ... Tit-Sèbe, le rebouteux
Thomy Bourdelle ... Esdras Chapdelaine
Edmond Van Daële ... Le docteur
Émile Genevois Émile Genevois ... Tit-Bé Chapdelaine
Fred Barry ... Nazaire Larouche
Pierre Laurel Pierre Laurel ... Ephrem Surprenant
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A young woman living with her family on the frontier in Quebec, Canada, endures the hardships of isolation and climate, and chooses between three suitors: a trapper, a farmer, and an immigrant from Paris. Written by Steven Dhuey <walloon@mailbag.com>

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Trivia

There are two cast lists in the title credits. The first one only lists the 6 main players as follows: Madeleine Renaud (as Madeleine Renaud Sociétaire de la Comédie Française), Jean Gabin, Jean-Pierre Aumont, André Bacqué (as André Bacqué Sociétaire de la Comédie Française), Alexandre Rignault and Suzanne Desprès. Then a full cast list details all female players along with their respective character names, followed by the male cast (also with the names of their characters). See more »

Goofs

Maria can be seen picking blueberries in a tree. See more »

Connections

Version of La mort d'un bûcheron (1973) See more »

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Evoking a lifestyle from long ago...

The movie seems like an attempt to represent Quebec for a French audience, with an emphasis on what's unusual about the province's language, landscape, religious and working practices, etc. There's a lot of music and singing as well (including "Alouette" and other familiar songs of the times), with ultimately only a wisp of a story.

The title character, Maria Chapdelaine, is in love with François Paradis, and has to deal with his absence as he leaves to earn his livelihood as a fur trapper over the winter months. I won't say more about the story, because I would spoil the few surprises that it has to offer.

Unless you have a fascination for rural life in Quebec in the 1930s, you will find the movie slow going.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

24 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Folket från de stora vidderna See more »

Filming Locations:

Lac Mistassini, Québec, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Mélodium)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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